Bed Bugs and Beyond
Bed Bugs is one of the most frequent enemies of travelers while on their holiday. These bugs bites and the bite can be really itchy and might cause skin infection if not controlled.
Here are some tips how to spot them and what to do if you come into contact with them.
What Are Bed Bugs?
They are tiny, oval, flat-topped, wingless bugs that can be easily overlooked. Ranging in color from white to light tan to a darker brown, an adult bed bug is about a quarter of an inch in size. Just-hatched bed bugs are about the size of a poppy seed. They are generally nocturnal, and with peak activity in the hour before dawn.
How Do Bed Bugs Move About?
They are hitchhikers. They burrow into things — like luggage — that move from place to place. That’s one way that unknowing travelers can bring them to other hotels or even all the way home.
How Can You Tell if There Are Bed Bugs?
Once you know what to look for, it’s not hard to find them if they’re there. You can look for signs in their hiding places, which include:
- Folds and creases in bed linens
- Seams and tufts of mattresses, box springs, and upholstered furniture
- The area between the mattress and headboard
- Curtain pleats
- Corners of desks and dressers
- Wicker furniture
- Under loose wallpaper
- Along the edges of wall-to-wall carpeting
If you don’t see the bed bugs themselves, you may find their fecal matter, which looks like little reddish-brown spots If the infestation is large, there may also be a foul odor.